Dog Licenses

The owner of every dog within the incorporated area of the City shall pay annually a license tax as established by resolution of the City Council. Please complete the Dog License Application (PDF) and return it to City Hall with current proof of rabies vaccination and fees due.

No License will be issued without proof of current rabies vaccination from a veterinarian

Annual Fees


  • Unaltered dogs: $50
    • Late fee: $100
  • Spayed or neutered dogs: $15
    • Late fee: $30
  • Spayed or neutered dogs owned by senior citizens 65 years and older: $10
    • Late fee: $20
  • Replacement tags: $5.00
Upon receipt of application, vaccination status, and fees Finance Staff will mail you a license tag.

The above fees do not apply to assistance animals. If you have an assistance animal, please contact the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2428 for more information.